Move over, Slumdog Millionaire. This is the real deal.

Ramin Bahrani's sprawling tale of a poor young Indian man who rises to become an entrepreneur is an epic saga of inequality, poverty, and corruption. Adapted from the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Aravind Adiga, it is not your typical feel-good…


Last year sucked for movies just as it did for everything else

A scene from Mank

I will always prefer a big screen in the dark with strangers instead of my living room but we had no choice. 2020 was a sad, bizarre year in which we had to watch movies at home. I…


They do make them like they used to

The timing of the release of Mank on Netflix could not be more poignant. A movie about the writing of Citizen Kane, which some consider the greatest American movie ever made, if not the greatest movie of all time, Mank comes at…


Jagshemash Plus 1

Sacha Baron Cohen’s character Borat is now so well known that Americans recognize him on the street so it is increasingly difficult for him to pull stunts. His kind of semi-documentary humor is not an easy premise to sustain but as Baron Cohen demonstrates, there will always…


Those were the days

Aaron Sorkin writes highly entertaining “message” movies. The Trial Of The Chicago Seven is a timely and spirited cri de coeur about civil disobedience. It represents in a courtroom the two sides of America that are, as in those days, at loggerheads today. That is, the…


Not so cute.

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American conservatives are up in arms about this French Netflix movie about a group of tween girls from the projects in Paris who like to dance like strippers. Politicians like Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton, those paragons of moral probity, have chimed in, and people are calling…


And Mucho, Mucho Makeup: the Story of Walter Mercado

I had no idea of who Walter Mercado was until I arrived in the US in the early 90s and discovered his campy astrological readings on Spanish language TV. At the time, I thought he was a total fake. Too much…


Here we go again…

Happy New Year!

Best of the Best

Parasite

Les Miserables

Jojo Rabbit

Uncut Gems

The Irishman

The Nightingale

Ash Is Purest White

Peterloo

Very Good

Booksmart

Ford v Ferrari

Pain and Glory

Marriage Story

The Report

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Transit

I Am The Beautiful Girl Who Lives In The…


Why?

The long-running musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics from “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”, an anthology of delightful poems by T.S. Eliot, worked on the stage because the cast was wearing theatrical makeup, spandex bodysuits and, having been conceived in the early eighties, legwarmers. No one expected…


You can’t have it both ways.

Greta Gerwig wrote and directed Lady Bird with a modest budget and a small cast and it was a wonderful opera prima; fresh, funny, and poignant. Her script for Frances Ha was also breezy and delightful. She follows these works with an ambitious, far…

Yehudit Mam

A Jewish Aztec Princess with strong opinions about film, food, and human foibles. Cofounder of dada.nyc

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